The Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center applies restorative justice principles and practices in each of the center’s core programs.
Restorative Victim Services
The Parallel Justice Program provides timely assistance to victims of crime. Staff reach out to victims in the wake of a crime, offering support and assistance, including auto repairs and other restorative services. The justice center receives Parallel Justice referrals from the St. Albans and Vermont State Police (St. Albans Barracks) weekly.
Victims are invited to participate in all restorative justice programs to the extent that they feel comfortable.
Restorative Justice Programs
Restorative justice programs allow for direct community involvement in the resolution of criminal offenses through participation in Restorative Justice Panels, restorative conferences and/or restorative circles. People directly affected by a crime have an opportunity to participate in a justice process where they can articulate their needs, ask questions, seek restorative actions and receive support from their community. Those responsible for a crime can learn about the harm, make amends, and build a positive connection with their community.
Restorative Reentry Programs
These programs enhance community safety as people return to their communities from prison. Services offered include facilitating dialogue between inmates and family to promote healing and reintegration and the opportunity to learn new skills and make amends.
Those who have committed serious offenses join a Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA), a personalized network of community members who volunteer their time to support the person’s actions as he or she builds a crime-free life.
Community Conflict Assistance
This program facilitates dialogue related to neighborhood and community issues. Professional mediation services help community members talk about and find solutions to their conflicts, which may involve such issues as noise, pets, boundaries, and landlord-tenant disputes.
Franklin Grand Isle Truancy Response Project (FGITRP)
A collaboration between schools, state and nonprofit agencies, courts, and the community justice center, FGITRP serves children grades 1 to 6 who have missed significant amounts of school. Referrals come from the Supervisory Unions of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Restorative Reentry One Stop Program
This program provides transitional housing, case-management, and educational workshops to clients that are either recently released or at risk of re-incarceration. It provides key supports that strengthen a client’s chances for successful reentry, including housing, employment, and broad-based case management.